McConnell: Courts may have to decide on dispute over congressional subpoenas

McConnell: Courts may have to decide on dispute over congressional subpoenas

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Tuesday briefing, Sept. 25, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Federal courts may have to intervene to decide whether Trump administration officials have to comply with congressional subpoenas in the oversight investigation into Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

“My assumption is all of these are issues are going to end up in the courts,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a news conference on Tuesday.

When pressed further, McConnell said: “It looks like it’s gonna end up in court. We’ll see how it’s all worked out.”

On April 18, the Justice Department released a redacted version of Mueller’s report.

The report is the product of a 22-month-long investigation.

Mueller said in his report that he did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction had occurred.

Attorney General William Barr relayed the report’s findings at a news conference about 90 minutes before the release. Barr reiterated that portions of the report would be redacted to protect national security interests as well as the identities of people who were interviewed but not charged.

On April 19, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued a subpoena for the full report.

A few weeks earlier the committee voted to authorize subpoenas for several administration officials. Among them is former White House Chief Counsel Don McGahn II. The subpoena, which seeks from McGahn both testimony and documents, was issued last week.

The White House has said the subpoenas are a non-starter.

Barr is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. He is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

However, Barr’s House appearance is up in the air due to a dispute between himself and Nadler over whether the committee’s chief counsel may ask questions at the hearing.

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